The Kell High School Robotics Team was named recipient of the 2010 SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Environmental Excellence Award, which includes a $10,000 prize applicable towards the team’s innovative robotics work and an all-expenses paid trip for the team to Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL! Kell’s program was honored for its application of technology toward an environmentally-beneficial end. As participants in the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics program, the team designed and built a trash-collecting robot created to collect garbage from bodies of water such as lakes and rivers. Kell’s group is one of just eight schools nationwide to receive the award.
Representatives from 14 agencies judged this year’s Environmental Excellence Awards. The judging panel included representation from Conservation International, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, The Izaak Walton League of America, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Geographic Society, National Science Teachers Association, National Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund.